Clearwater Announces 2012 Spring Sail Schedule

Now Accepting Group Applications for Spring and Summer Sails

Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, America’s flagship environmental organization, announces the sloop Clearwater’s spring 2012 sailing schedule, which can be found as an interactive calendar on Clearwater’s website at http://www.clearwater.org/come-sailing/sail-schedule/. Clearwater is currently accepting applications to sail onboard the sloop during the spring and summer season, with Clearwater’s summer 2012 sail schedule to be posted on February 15.

Offering a variety of sails, including educational group sails, private charters, and public sailing adventures, every Clearwater sail is an ecological adventure and a voyage of discovery on an historic tall ship. Passengers have an opportunity to learn about the Hudson River, participate in the sailing of the ship, and join in maritime sing-a-longs and folk songs about the environment. The sloop returns to the Hudson River this April with her first sail out of Yonkers, NY.

Clearwater’s educational group sails bring history, biology, physics, and environmental science to life for schools, summer camps, and educational groups. Since the launch of Clearwater in 1969, more than half a million people have experienced the Hudson River’s estuary ecosystem first hand aboard the sloop. Clearwater’s pioneering ship-based education programs are suitable for groups from fourth grade through college and include dockside orientation before departure, otter trawl to gather specimens for the fish tank, a call for “all hands to the halyards” to help hoist the sails, a presentation on Clearwater’s history and mission, music by the crew with sing-a-longs, and an opportunity to take the tiller.

Private parties, weddings, team-building sessions, and gatherings onboard Clearwater can be customized to meet each group’s needs, accommodating catered events and hired musicians. Our professional captains and crew have experience facilitating a wide variety of special events and will work to ensure that the details of each sail are arranged to perfection.

Clearwater’s public sail adventures are suitable for all ages, and engage participants with special themes, guest speakers, and musicians.

Clearwater’s sailing season runs from early April through the end of October, casting off from, and returning to numerous sites along the Hudson River from Albany to New York City, New York Harbor and western Long Island Sound. Most sails are three hours long, with 5-hour sails and extended programs also available.  Clearwater members receive a special discount when booking sails.

The schooner Mystic Whaler joins the sloop again this season from April through June, to complement Clearwater’s educational and public sail programs. Both vessels will also offer public sails at Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival, taking place on Saturday and Sunday, June 16 and 17 at Croton Point Park, in Westchester County, NY.

The sloop Clearwater is a nationally-recognized symbol of environmental awareness and provides regionally- based high quality experiential education opportunities. Those sailing onboard enjoy the Hudson Valley’s beautiful vistas and historic landmarks from the deck of a majestic 106-foot long replica tall ship, while learning about the Hudson River, its place in American history, and how a grassroots group of volunteers fought to save it.

To book your group sail or for more information,  please contact Catherine Stankowski, Sail Program Manager, at (845) 265-8080 x7107 or SailCoord@Clearwater.org

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